Author: Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.
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Joe Biden’s Right

There has been a push for justice reform in recent years, much of it regarding the extended incarceration for non-violent drug crime. Biden’s statement that non-violent offenders should not be in prison is not a new idea, and it is one deserving of some consideration.

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Wednesday Writs for 9/11: Willie Francis is Executed, Twice

Writs are back this week, with the story of a prisoner who was executed twice, an ill-tempered judge throwing an ironic fit and another who appoints himself prosecutor, space law, the NFL lawsuit fumbles, dumb criminals and more.

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Dirty Politics

If Maroney is proven guilty, his ouster is not inappropriate, though I am of the opinion that such ouster should occur at the voting booth.

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Katie Steinle’s Killer Wins Appeal

It is instinctive to feel that Katie Steinle’s case cries out for justice. But the newest ruling is from a legal standpoint, not ideological.

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Wednesday Writs for 8/28

Your Wednesday Writs this week include a soap opera of a SCOTUS case, a record breaking opioid settlement, space crime, a creative judge, a dumb criminal and more.

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Wednesday Writs for 8/21

It’s time for Wednesday Writs ft recent history of the Commerce Clause, which is much more important than it sounds, RGP eulogizing JPS, terrible lawyers giving terrible advice, the Angry Bagel Guy, a “Serial” update and more.

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Wednesday Writs for 8/14

A special “Em ran out of time” edition of the Wednesday Writs with some great moments in SCOTUS sarcasm, Trump’s new immigration rule, health insurance vs. drug manufacturer, reality TV tax evasion scandal, the crap show that is Barstool Sports, and more.

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Pushed Over the Edge

What sort of bullying conduct would cross a threshold into criminality? It certainly seems that a person who sets out to drive a person to their death and succeeds should face some sort of punishment.

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Wednesday Writs for 8/7

An absolute victory for those who favor an unrestrained right to bear arms, devastating blow to those who cry for gun control, right? Not completely, no.

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We Don’t Really Care Why

I don’t know the answer. I just know we will never find it because we can’t leave our corners.

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Amy, I Think I Could Stay With You

Amy’s focus on sensible changes rather than sweeping reforms earned her the derisive nickname “the Senator of small things.” Maybe that focus on small things is the way to go.

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Wednesday Writs for 7/31

Em is back on Wednesday Writs this week, tackling Bad Elk v. US and misconceptions about fighting the law. Also, some Trump news both good and bad, a Penn professor/provocateur, Katy Perry the Christian rap song thief, a tweet-worthy dumb criminal and more.

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Trump’s Useful Idiot

The bully doesn’t really care about his minion; he’s simply a useful idiot. West Virginia is Donald Trump’s useful idiot.

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Wednesday Writs for 7/17

Your Wednesday Writs for this week include eminent domain and little pink houses, creepy judges, Trump above the law, Trump violating the law, a true crime and literary fraud, a dumb criminal, and more.

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Justice John Paul Stevens Dead at 99

But Justice Stevens was never easy to categorize nor predictably partisan. His 35 years on the bench gave him the opportunity to hear and decide cases on nearly every major issue of our time, from abortion to gay rights and gun control.

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Wednesday Writs for 7/10

This week’s Writs include Santeria, a couple of alleged perverts, updates on the case against Botham Jean’s killer, Amazon faces product liability, Sublime and more.

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The Case for Keeping Jeffrey Epstein Behind Bars

To determine a defendant’s risk of flight and danger to the community, the Bail Reform Act sets forth the specific factors to be considered when bail is requested, and it seems the feds have a pretty good case on all four.

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Wednesday Writs for 7/3

This week: 2 Live Crew, SCOTUS updates, bad lawyers, bad judges, really bad judges, and the worst judges. Also: Weird Al.